I’m pleased to see my local school leaders here in Durham fight back against our state’s latest “solution” to low teacher pay. Providing a $500 raise – each year for four years – for the top 25 percent of teachers in a school district seems both insulting and arbitrary. Do we really think just one-quarter of public teachers are worthy of this, ahem, windfall?
For a teacher lucky enough to earn $40,000 a year, that $500 represents a 1.25 percent raise. That’s it. That’s just enough extra cash for teachers to buy something they shouldn’t have to: the paper, glue sticks, scissors, pencils, crayons and other teaching materials the schools themselves don’t have the money to provide adequately.